Citizen's Institute on Rural Design


  • Call for Contributions to the “Greatest Hits” Issue of the CIRD Newsletter this December

    November 13, 2018
    Calling all CIRD Awardees Past and Present!
    As Project for Public Spaces' tenure with the CIRD program concludes, we ask that you JOIN US in celebrating this great collaboration! This December's CIRD Newsletter will feature PPSxCIRDs "Greatest Hits" and we’d love to include you in that piece. We ask that you complete the attached survey, share your proudest CIRD moments, most surprising CIRD outcomes, and other meaningful CIRD memories with us! 
  • Crowdfunding & Real Estate: Spurring Local Investment in Small Towns & Rural Communities

    October 24, 2018

    Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo have facilitated thousands of projects for artists and entrepreneurs. In exchange for donating, some perk or nod of recognition may come your way. You may have even contributed to a project without a promise of something in exchange, understanding that, while you’re supporting something you believe in, you will never get those dollars back.

    But now: imagine that you might get those dollars back. And imagine that you might even get a return on your investment. This is where the plot thickens.

    This is investment crowdfunding.

  • A Root Awakening: Foodie Business Takes on Food Insecurity in Tuttle, ND

    August 15, 2018

    With deliberate investments that nurture local initiatives, - alongside the organization of economies of scale, local producers and small businesses - the Tuttle Rural Innovation Center (TRIC) is planting the seed for a healthier and more equitable food-based economy to take root in Central North Dakota and beyond.

  • CIRD 2018 Hits the Road

    June 21, 2018

    This month, the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRDTM) team ventures out from the East Coast to the Delta, the Sonoran desert, and the high plains to meet our four 2018 selected communities. This year’s workshops focus on Main Street revitalization, multimodal transportation, and healthy living by design: three distinct topic areas that have proven to be especially relevant to rural towns in the United States. 

  • Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ Announces Limon, Colorado To Receive 2016-2017 Award

    June 1, 2016
    Limon, Colorado to join communities from Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, New York, and Washington to Host Rural Design Workshops